As the old saying goes, “follow the money”. This is the common denominator of each of the efforts of peoples to wrest themselves from confiscatory taxes. Catalonians speak a different language than the rest of Spain and are still a nearly homogenous people occupying a certain territory within Spain. Like the rest of Spain, they joined together to form a union to oust the Moors and then defend their confederation. Their autonomy as a state was subsumed by a federal government just as those of the individual United States has been by a central authority whose original intent was solely to defend the States from outsiders and not to govern.
The language of England is English, though to go through various parts of it you would not know it. Various portions of it speak different languages, eleven it total. They too combined to form a union for their protection and then their local autonomy was eroded by the development of a central government. That central government then joined most of Western Europe, first in a defense pact and then a trade pact, but keeping their own currency. Now they wish to extract themselves from that pact because they pay more into the EU economic system than they get back.
In the United States, the Southern States bore the brunt of the cost of the federal government through taxes. When they tried to do what the original colonies did to the British who were taxing them to pay for Britain’s wars against the French and others they were forced into returning to a compact that continued to tax it unfairly.
Americans justified their revolution by stipulating that when a government treats (taxes) its citizens unfairly they have a right to throw off that government and establish a new one. A right they later denied to their Southern brethren, Europe is now denying to England and the Spanish government to Catalonia.
India has solved the dilemma of breakaway States as will Spain where under its Constitution, the central government can displace the government of any State that seeks to leave the pact or fails to follow the directions (taxation policy) of the Federal government.
The U. S. Constitution has no provision to deal with States who may choose to opt out because their wealth is being drained to support other States. Some of California’s citizens are making noises about seceding but it is currently only a whisper. There are only 10 States that contribute more in federal taxes than they get in return. They are; New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Illinois, Delaware, California, New York and Colorado. Clinton outpolled Trump in every one of these States.
No State can survive and feed its citizens without trade and like England, there will be no complete backing away from some form of union with the rest of Europe because it needs customers for the surpluses it produces in order to buy what it needs from others. Their citizens must work in order to pay for the necessities of life because no one can be self-sufficient. Only a small portion can work because paying jobs are few and decreasing in number due to industrialization and technology. The result is a vast welfare state supported not solely by those who work and are taxed, but by a government that continues to print money with no visible means of backing.
I have contested that statement and contend the dollar is backed by something and that is the kcal or the food calorie which provides the energy to sustain life and produce work. There is sufficient food production to satisfy the needs of the 8 to 10 billion humans and animals on earth but it is unevenly divided by region and by government who is the sole determiner of who gets how much of what nature provides. The latter unevenly distributes nature’s largess through the tax code, providing more to those who give it the power to continue this system. The United States is the only nations that produces more kcal than it produces but has not only topped out in its production but imports sufficient quantities to feed over 50 million and must subsidize the bulk its production, particularly that of grains and corn.
We are already seeing what this unequal distribution is doing in many parts of the world. That is migration, crime, civil unrest and outright revolution. It is starting here because a welfare state cannot exist when there is not enough to go around, regardless how the government decides to distribute it.
I have described this scenario in my book The Real Economy and how the politicians have perpetuated this system through their lack of adherence to the law (Constitutions) in The Constitution, a Document Steeped in History and a Compromise Devoid of Promise.
The demise of the human race is inevitable and will come when one of the three necessities of life; air, water, food, disappears. I offer in The Real Economy a means by which the day of reckoning can be extended almost indefinitely.
Yes Bruce and Mel, I will continue to beat this dead horse until someone who understands where I am coming from steps forward and leads an overthrow of the government with the intent to introduce the system I propose.